Sunday, September 29, 2013

How American medical school books normalize genital mutilation (circumcision)

The book "Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Uses", by Judith Goodenough and Betty A. McGuire, ISBN-10: 0321821718 | ISBN-13: 978-0321821713, used by college students, just like many other medical textbooks, normalizes circumcision.

As mentioned by a fellow activist, all of the drawings of males depict males with exposed glans,  "circumcision" is in the glossary but foreskin is not (labia is though)."

The other day I stopped at a bookstore, and I stopped to take a look at "The illustrated atlas of the human body" by Beverly McMillan. In page 233 it has its only mention of the foreskin. "The tip of the penis is covered with a loosely folding prepuce or foreskin. Circumcision removes the foreskin"

Notice the impersonal form. "Circumcision removes the foreskin". But what is circumcision and how does it get there? How does it manage to remove the foreskin? Do you see the disconnect. Why is there a mention of circumcision? Why is it that the mention of foreskin is even followed by removal and by circumcision? When I looked at the page about the breasts, the second sentence didn't read "mastectomy removes the breast".

What about the anatomy of the foreskin? What about the functions?

Circumcision advocates often call us "foreskin fetishists", but how to understand that a part of the body is intentionally omitted, and when mentioned, no discussion of its value, functions or anatomy is allowed, only the fact that it is removed by a procedure, no mention of who performs the procedure or why or whether it is elective or not...

How can students learn about the normal human body when parts of it are intentionally omitted?

2 comments:

  1. Circumcision alters sex dramatically. Hundreds of thousands of men are enduring non-surgical foreskin restoration. The only person with the ethical standing to consent to non-therapeutic circumcision is the rational informed adult owner of the genitals.

    There can be no such thing as a foreskin fetishist. A fetish is sexualizing something that is not normally part of sex. The foreskin is part of normal sex. Foreskin feels REALLY good.

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  2. Circumcision and pedophilia are one and the same thing.

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